Trip Summary

Day 52: 2929 miles completed, 8 states, 7 flat tires, 4 flat mattresses, 40 new friends and Bruce #1, 8 rest days

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Day 27: Mud Slides

We reached our official halfway point in mileage for the trip just before lunch today at a place called the boot fence, where apparently old cowboy boots go to die.

It started out like most days, freezing cold in the AM, and by noon we are shedding layers. It was a really pretty ride with more green than we have seen in awhile. We also peddled for parts of the trip along the Guadalupe River–Which actually had water in it and looked like a river! That was a nice change. It’s starting to look more like home; the river and rock bluffs reminded us of Wisconsin Dells.

To celebrate the halfway point, Bubba made his famous (infamous??) mudslide drinks for dinner. Wow! They were strong and though Jeff and I sipped ours, for some of our fellow riders, they went down too smooth–but the code goes “what happens on the bike tour, stays on the bike tour.”
It feels like a real accomplishment to be this far and be more than halfway done. It continues to be a challenge, but we are now calling any day below 60 miles a “short day.”

We are seeing amazing parts of this country and getting to know some really fantastic people. We can only hope for more warmer mornings and sunny skies ahead!

As we rode through the countryside past “hunting” ranches we spotted two onyx. However, we couldn’t get a photo because as soon as they saw us they ran back into the woods.

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